Over the next few minutes we will be filling you in on the best places to buy ice cream, cakes, and cookies in New Haven. There are plenty of great shops selling sweets around town and this guide will try to focus on the best of the best.
We will get the ball rolling with the best ice cream shops near you. Frozen yogurt, gelato, malts, and ice cream cakes are found with ease here.
Once the frozen delights are out of the way it will be time to pivot to local bakeries where you can buy cakes, cookies, pastries, and all kinds of sweet treats. Then we will get into some specific things like donut shops, where to buy cupcakes, candy stores, and chocolate and fudge shops in town.
Healthy dessert options in New Haven like gluten free bakeries and smoothie shops are easy to find as well. And our final topic will be all about restaurants that are known for must have desserts in your area.
Stick around for our sweet treats map that has all these spots that we are mentioning throughout the post pinned on it. Our other posts on the region are available at this link if you want to check them out.
Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt
When you are craving the best ice cream in New Haven or want some healthier frozen yogurt try:
- Milkcraft New Haven at 280 Crown St #100
- Ashley’s Ice Cream at 280 York St
- Ben & Jerry’s at 159 Temple St
- Jennifer’s Ice Cream at 388 Main St
- Arethusa Farm Dairy at 822 Bantam Rd
Ashley’s Ice Cream never uses artificial colors or flavors and serves freshly baked waffle cones and their famous Bittersweet hot fudge which is made with only the finest chocolates. Off-site events such as weddings, birthdays, and office parties are catered by them.
Ben & Jerry’s is a well-known Vermont-based ice cream parlor chain known for its imaginatively named flavors. Their flavors are Kosher-certified and contain no genetically modified ingredients while offering vegan and dairy-free options. They also make delicious ice cream cakes on a daily basis and can design the ideal cake for any occasion.
Jennifer’s Ice Cream serves ice cream cakes, sandwiches, cones, sundaes, and milkshakes. Fat-free and no-sugar-added ice cream is available, plus they are a good place to buy customized ice cream cake that are made to order.
Bakeries In Your Area
Expect to find great cakes, cookies, pastries, and more at the best bakeries near you:
- Marjolaine Pastry Shop at 961 State St
- G Cafe Bakery Ninth Square at 141 Orange St
- Atticus Bookstore Café at 1082 Chapel St
- Apicella’s Bakery at 365 Grand Ave
Marjolaine Pastry Shop is a lively counter-service with European-style breakfast pastries, desserts, as and French roast coffee. They can make a custom wedding cake, a birthday cake, a special holiday treat, and other items.
Atticus Bookstore Cafe is a light-filled glass-fronted bookstore that serves coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, and a few dinner options. They have a wide selection of pastries, sandwiches, and Atticus staples to suit any dietary needs and do catering as well.
Apicellas Bakery is a bakery that specializes in Italian bread rolls, stuffed breads, and other baked goods.
Local Donut Shops
These donut shops are a great way to start your morning:
Donut Crazy makes over 45 different types of donuts every day to satisfy the adventurously hungry and their Cannoli Donut was even named the best donut in the great state of Connecticut by Food Network.
They also have a full breakfast menu, fresh-squeezed orange juice, and locally sourced coffee and chocolate milk on draft.
Where To Buy Cupcakes
There are some really good cupcake shops in your area:
- Sugar Bakery at 424 Main St
- Katalina’s at 74 Whitney Ave
- Petonito’s Pastry & Cupcake Shoppe at 190 Main St
- JCakes at 5 Foxon Rd
Sugar Bakery offers a variety of cupcakes and cakes in a variety of flavors, as well as custom orders and cookie favors. There are also vegan and gluten-free options.
Except for the vegan treats Katalina’s is an all-butter bakery. They are famous for making some of the best cupcakes near you but they also sell cookies, cakes, brownies and bars, scones, whoopie pies, tarts, savory snacks, and much more.
Petonito’s Pastry Shop serves a wide range of desserts including cupcakes, a gelato bar, a cannoli dessert bar, candy tables, and cappuccinos. Their cupcakes are available in regular and jumbo while both sizes can be filled with a variety of fruits, mousses, or other fillings. They also specialize in wedding cakes and special occasion catering.
JCakes is a small bakery that excels at creative special-occasion cakes and cupcakes with whipped fillings.
Candy Stores Near You
Sweet Creations at 1116B Main St in Branford is a great local candy store on the seaside. Mrs. Palmer’s Chocolate Drizzled Popcorn, gourmet caramel apples, gift baskets, party favors, and other items are available.
Chocolate & Fudge Shops
Great homemade chocolate and fudge can be found at these shops:
- Munson’s Chocolates at 109 Boston Post Rd
- Chip in a Bottle at 26 Selden St
- Melt Chocolatier at 961 State St
Munson’s Chocolates has been crafting award-winning chocolates in small batches in your area for over 70 years. They have hundreds of chocolate selections in their stores and on their website and can make lovely wedding and shower favors in addition to their extensive custom and corporate chocolate lines.
Chip in a Bottle is a chocolate confectionery that specializes in one-of-a-kind and flavorful desserts like handcrafted truffles, colorful delicate macarons, silky gelato, and decadent cheesecakes. They cater to a variety of dietary needs including gluten and dairy free options.
Melt Chocolatier is a chocolate shop located inside Marjolaine Pastry Shop that makes gourmet hand-made chocolates, truffles, candies, and confections.
Gluten Free Bakeries
For a healthier alternative try one of these gluten free bakeries in your area:
Claire’s Corner Copia is a campus favorite for kosher vegetarian fare including Mexican options that are served cafeteria-style all day. Claire’s has a wide variety of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies while taking your dietary needs seriously with gluten free cakes now only being available in cupcake form due to increased concern about cross contamination.
Edge of the Woods’ bakery department primarily uses organic all-kosher products that are mostly vegan, gluten-free, and/or dairy-free. Cakes, cookies, cupcakes, pies, bars, muffins, coffee cakes, bagels, breads, special order babkas and challah, and many other baked goods and pastries are available.
Sugar Bakery also has many gluten free options.
Smoothies can be a great tasty and healthy snack:
- Cositas Deliciosas at 271 Grand Ave
- Tropical Smoothie Cafe at 15 Dixwell Ave
- The Juice Box at 1092 Chapel St
Cositas Deliciosas is a Mexican restaurant that also serves smoothies with many fruit flavors available to mix and match. The menu at Tropical Smoothie Cafe features bold flavorful smoothies made from real fruits, vegetables, and juices.
Their toasted flatbreads, wraps, sandwiches, quesadillas, and bowls are made to order using quality meats, fresh produce, and flavorful sauces, all with a tropical twist.
Local Restaurants With Great Desserts
Many from the area would agree these restaurants have great desserts:
Soul de Cuba Cafe serves homestyle Cuban cuisine in a cozy setting decorated with family photos and religious art. Their signature dessert near you is Pan de Tres Leches, a cake that is soaked in three different milks and is completed with a layer of soft and fluffy whipped cream.
Chef Jean-Pierre Vuillermet’s Union League Cafe is an elevated brasserie in an elegant 19th-century setting. One of the restaurant’s most popular local desserts is Crème Brûlée.
By the way we have also written about:
- Where To Eat Great Desserts In Bridgeport
- Where To Eat Great Desserts In Hartford
- Where To Eat Great Desserts In New York
- Where To Eat Great Desserts In Philadelphia
Enjoy Ice Cream, Cookies, & Cakes In New Haven
We wish we had more to share but for now that is all we’ve got. After reading about all these local shops to buy ice cream, frozen yogurt, cookies, cakes, pastries, other bakery items, cupcakes, donuts, chocolate, fudge, candy, gluten free baked goods, smoothies, and even restaurants with can’t miss desserts in your area finding your next sweet indulgence shouldn’t be too hard.
Please use the comments to let us know if any shops have closed down, or if we posted anything that is incorrect. Now have fun eating your ice cream, cookies, and cakes in New Haven.